PLEASE TAKE ME FOR A WALK by Susan Gal

PLEASE TAKE ME FOR A WALK

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Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

A bright-eyed pup wants to go for a walk. If taken, she can keep the squirrels in line, say hello to the shopkeepers, let neighbors pet her and show everyone her best friend. The charcoal-and–digital collage illustrations, rich in texture, transform a mere walk into an exhilarating experience. The sun warms the dog’s belly, the wind lifts her ears and she feels valued and helpful to those she loves. Seen through the pooch’s eyes, city streets become a lively neighborhood filled with exciting views and beloved friends. Gal’s artwork, while busy, translates the pooch’s friendly friskiness and the bustling energy of her surroundings well. Her strength is in the individual image, each presenting an enticing, new objective or an appealing, new environment. These lovely, singular vignettes, cut like shots in a film rather than pages that flow directly into each other, slightly disrupt the ease of her sequential storytelling. However, the text’s careful repetition, the earth-toned hues depicting a brisk autumn day and the story’s overall appeal will make readers itch to take their own pups out for a stroll. A real treat. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 11th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-375-85863-5
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2010




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